This hearing will take place at 10:00 AM on 1/16/2014, in HVC-210.
The hearing is open to members of Congress, congressional staff, the media and the interested public.
The Lantos Commission’s first hearing of 2014 will address the plight of prisoners of conscience, who are currently unjustly detained by repressive governments around the world. By highlighting several such cases, the hearing will explore strategies for securing the release of prisoners of conscience, the need to shine a bright light on some lesser known cases, the historical precedent for effective advocacy campaigns and the importance of human rights as a central factor in U.S. foreign policy.
The hearing will feature several witnesses including Mr. Natan Sharansky, the noted human rights activist who spent nine years in the Soviet Gulag for his political activities and later authored The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror.
• Dr. Robert P. George, Chair, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)Panel II:
• Ms. Geng He, Wife of Imprisoned Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Gao Zhisheng, Accompanied by Mr. Jared Genser, Founder, Freedom Now and Pro Bono Counsel for Gao Zhisheng
• Mr. Josh Colangelo-Bryan, Pro Bono Attorney on behalf of Imprisoned Bahraini Human Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab
• Mrs. Tran Thi Ngoc Minh, Mother of Imprisoned Vietnamese Labor Activist Do Thi Minh Hanh
• Mr. Natan Sharansky, Chairman of the Executive, The Jewish Agency for Israel, Introduced by Ms. Katrina Lantos Swett, Vice-Chair, USCIRF and President, Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice
• Mr. Gal Beckerman, author, When They Come for Us We’ll be Gone; The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry
*Witness list subject to change
For any questions, please contact the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission at 202-225-3599 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
James P. McGovern
Member of Congress
Frank R. Wolf
Member of Congress